It’s not spring yet here – far from it, but there are already new plants growing in our house. We don’t usually plant this early but we were ready to see some new green happening here. Being a conserver and a seed saver, I started a container of chives seeds that were saved from our garden, without much hope of anything coming up.
It is nice to see that the seeds were viable and started growing quite quickly actually. These plants will be transplanted and sold at our spring plant sale.
Another planting we made was a DATE seed of all things that I bit down on while eating dates. I did a quick search, which told me that it was possible to grow these as long as they weren’t irradiated. I planted it without much hope – one seed – and it is growing.
This date, if all goes well, will be added to our house plant collection, which is small now but growing, really.
Our lemon trees – two of them – planted last year are doing amazingly well. They love the sun, even in the summer and have thrived all winter in the lower light.
So this experiment on planting seeds has been successful, especially from a conserver homestead point of view.
Plant seeds, any, and enjoy.
This year we have planted some of our starts early. We’re did this because we’re experimenting with growing conditions to see if we can get some early lettuce for one. That is one food plant that we don’t buy from the store.
It’s amazing how quickly seeds will sprout in the sun, now that the sun is stronger at this time of year. Unfortunately, they sprouted faster than I had thought they would and got quite leggy. After several days in the full sun from 9 am to about 5 pm the lettuce plants have thickened up.
We have them on a table that we move from window to window to get the best view of the sun. Our plan was to set up artificial light, but so far we have not done that. The sun seems to be enough. We have east facing in the morning and south facing in the afternoon.
There are several plants that survived the winter, and a few that didn’t. We lost two rosemary plants, the thyme, a pepper and a parsley. I have one pepper left which has aphids, but none have reached maturity because of being squished by my thumb and forefinger and getting regular showers. That’s working very well.
If you compare the picture of the pepper below with the one in the featured image above, it’s clear that there has been quite a bit of change. It’s now blooming. I have hand pollinated it, and now there are small peppers forming. I also pinched a couple of blooms to reduce the number in order to lessen the stress on the plant. As you can see, the leaves are still fairly small.
This week I will be planting our peppers – sweet and hot – for our spring starts sale and to grow for ourselves and for sale. It definitely feels like spring here now.